Despite Unrest Cuomo Announces Western New York’s Phase 2 of Re-Opening Today

Amidst the multiple states of emergency around America  between the  COVID19  crisis and for the past 9 days nightly protests  around the world including areas of Buffalo in the wake of the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, this morning Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Western New York will be moving into phase two of reopening today.        

During the announcement he appealed for calm and  better policing in states impacted by protests, looting and destruction in the last 9 days  providing the scope of the issues at hand. “You’re trying to deal with these two situations, which are very different, in the middle of a dynamic in this country of racial division and a hyper political environment, and a nation that is more divided than it has ever been at any time in my lifetime. So what do we do? We must first take a step back, gain some perspective and separate the issues.”

He stated that NYS is  doing “very well when it comes to dealing with the covid19 crisis”… The last thing we want to do is see a spike in the Covid cases, and that is one of the complications of these compounding crises,” Cuomo said.

He also issued an Executive Order allowing low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses providing such activities to open in regions that have met the public health and safety metrics required for phase one.

He also said all summer camps will be allowed to open on June 29, though no decision has been made about sleep-away camps.

All businesses that reopen under phase two must have plans in place to meet restrictive state mandates over occupancy levels and protective equipment for employees.

State and local officials remain concerned about the potential affect the protest gatherings could have on Covid-19 hospitalization numbers.

In phase two, businesses in many broad categories are now allowed to reopen:

  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Office-based businesses like professional services, nonprofits, technology and administrative support
  • Real estate
  • Commercial building management
  • Vehicle sales, leasing and rentals
  • Retail repair, rental and cleaning
  • In-store retail shopping

Mayor Brown today announced that small businesses Citywide can begin submitting plans for public open space use to ensure safe physical distancing to protect patrons and employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. Members of the City’s Small Business Social Distancing Initiative Working Group, which is comprised of private-sector experts and City officials, developed the application to help businesses quickly and safely reenter our recovering Western New York economy. The application is now available at

We will have more Updates on the re-opening phase 2 and forthcoming info as it develops .